- Publisher: Service Berry Press (2010)
- ISBN-10: 1450707513
- ISBN-13: 978-1450707510
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,029,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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URBAN FORAGING - Finding and eating wild plants in the city. Paperback – 2010
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The books title is a little misleading to me because it says "Urban Foraging, Finding and eating wild plants in the city".
I expected more detail and some color pictures for comparison to help me in my quest for Urban Foraging. But then again, I also expected this to be a field guide too.
I know, it doesn't explicitly say "field guide" so I should have known. The thing is, how does one know which of the countless books on Wild Edibles is "the" book they should get. It's maddening with all of the choices one has to choose from.
This is probably a good starter book for someone that does not have access to the internet or a printer and is just getting started. Though I really don't think it is worth $18. Maybe more like $5 - $8.
If you don't know some of the basics and want some easy reading to pass the time while you are out and about in the streets, take this along. Just don't pay too much for it.
My household came by this book by accident, and read it on a whim. Right off the bat, there's the glaring omission of the high content of heavy metals and other toxins in many plants in urban areas (combined with the fact, which he's apparently proud of, that he feeds this stuff to his kids, who are at greatest risk).
Much of the book seems to be about how this person THINKS we should live, and he spends a lot of time on the soapbox he apparently carries with him while foraging.
Things like blaming the disappearance of the peaches HE wants on "the onslaught of old ladies sneaking out in the middle of the night and swiping all the peaches" (no mention of who might have planted/owned the trees in question, or whether they also want peaches), tend to give the impression that this is more of a rant or stream of consciousness than an actual guide of any sort.
This impression is reinforced by the sparse nature of photographs, and the fact that they're all black and white. This, combined with slim descriptions of the sundry plants and fungi, mean that if you actually wanted to safely forage for the things in question, you would need to buy another book ANYWAY.
Wild carrots are often mistaken for Hemlock (the poison that killed Socrates).Read more ›
The book is written for more southern cities - probably USDA zone 5 and higher. I live in a zone 3 and found that many of the plants listed don't grow here. But that's ok! Still great to learn about!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eh, I was hoping for a bit more of a comprehensive book, especially as the author is in the Northeast. The recipes that are provided are nice though.Published 16 months ago by Yar!
Exciting and great tool for finding food in our environment. Re-connecting to the hunter/gatherer instinct.Published 19 months ago by jenny
I downloaded this book becauseeI wanted to find out what plants are edible in the urban areas, I had no idea that dandelion leaves where edible. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by jodystaf
I bought this book by accident because I had the one click on and accidentally hit the button. I didn't like the book.Published on December 11, 2013 by justin cozadd
This book is a good place to begin, and offers excellent foraging suggestions. I love that it's layed out by seasons, but I just wish there was more detail on each plant and... Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Kristie